carboloader (639) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2008 The label has flying pigs -- how could it NOT be a great beer...Pours amber/ruby with no head. Serious hops are all I smell, but the aroma stays within the glass unlike some other serious barleywines that have an aroma noticeable several inches (or feet) away. One taste says it all. Deliciously complex, but almost perfectly balanced. Alcohol is amazingly hidden between the hops and malt. It is also not sickeningly sweet on the finish like some barleywines. When you get up to this league of beers, any criticism is a matter of personal preference and hair-splitting. This one is truly incredible to me.
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A rough, unrefined, potent brew. Hoppy, bone dry flavor. Alcohol very apparent. Some malt, raisin, and caramel notes. A big bitter beer. Too much for me.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2003 Walnut colored with a moderate tan head. Intense toffee, caramelly nose with earthy, pungeant hops balancing the act. Alcohol present, but sufficiently covered by the malts and hops. This is a very well balanced barleywine with the malts and hops struggling to a draw for control of the flavor profile. Prunes and raisins possibly towards the middle of the flavor profile. Mild, sweet aftertaste lingers for a bit. Impressive.
Radek Kliber (6288) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can you smell century old spruce? Very refreshing especially if you join that with good malted body. Alcohol is the filler as it should in this case. Very nice!
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours deep orange. huge perfumy and orange-citrus hop aroma. huge hop flavour with some caramel bitter chocolate, toasted bread and alcohol peeking through the curtains. this guy must be recently divorced because he's damned bitter. a big beer that's lots of fun, but I could only have it once in awhile.
CapFlu (4255) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) This is a barleywine? High hops in the nose. Orange with lasting white head. Sweet but very complex. Mellow finish. Lovely! Thanks MartinT for bringing this...
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2004 Deep copper in colour. The aroma was of alcohol, some hops, caramel sweetness and citrus. The flavour is quite hoppy, grapefruit, lots of alcohol. Large body. Finishes with a large warming alcohol burn, long and lingering, dry.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - AUG 5, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
very hoppy and citrus filled, almost too bitter, even though there is a nice presence of malts there
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good barely wine. Hoppy citrus aromas. Big malty palate with a sticky finish. Very bitter on the tongue.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lightly hazed deep topaz with a small tight bubbled ecru head. Big Nose. Heavy caramel, near grapefruit and light fruit bouquet. Lighter bodied with a near zippy feel. Intial maltiness is wisked away quickly by some resinous hops and then by a apple skin tartness in the finish. This lacks the relaxing qualities I prefer in a barleywine. IMO a barley wine needs to be beverage you can place in a sniffer and enjoy the evening. Hops are way over in this one for that type of setting and finish is to crisp. More of a strong APA.